143 episodes

In this series, Hospitality Design magazine's editor in chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen talks with influential hotel and design leaders on how they got to where they are today, what drives them, and their biggest lessons learned navigating an ever-changing industry. 

Hospitality Design: What I've Learned Hospitality Design

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In this series, Hospitality Design magazine's editor in chief Stacy Shoemaker Rauen talks with influential hotel and design leaders on how they got to where they are today, what drives them, and their biggest lessons learned navigating an ever-changing industry. 

    Michael Pandolfi, Nora Liu-Kanter, and Tim Rooney, JBI

    Michael Pandolfi, Nora Liu-Kanter, and Tim Rooney, JBI

    The industry lost an icon when architect and designer Jeffrey Beers passed away earlier this year at age 67 after a battle with cancer. But Jeffrey Beers International (JBI), the New York practice Beers founded in 1986, will uphold his visionary legacy and continue to shape the hospitality design sphere under the guidance of newly appointed partners Michael Pandolfi, Nora Liu-Kanter, and Tim Rooney.At the time Pandolfi joined the firm in 2000, JBI resembled a carefree artists’ studio more tha...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Mark Eacott, Ennismore

    Mark Eacott, Ennismore

    Growing up in Kent in southeast London, Mark Eacott was always a curious kid—inspired by his artist grandfather, who taught him how to sketch and draw, and his dad, who was a builder with a strong do-it-yourself skillset. Those influences, coupled with Eacott’s creative mind, fostered his passion for design. He majored in architecture at the University of Bath, where he studied abroad as part of the Erasmus exchange program at TU Delft, a specialized architecture school in Holland. That was a...

    • 57 min
    Sam Nazarian, SBE

    Sam Nazarian, SBE

    In 1979, as the Iranian Revolution swept through the streets of Tehran, Younes Nazarian and his wife Soraya Sarah made the decision to leave behind a successful construction business and move their family to the U.S., ultimately landing in Los Angeles. His youngest son, Sam, was only 3 years old at the time, but he watched his dad build a new life in America. Younes’ business acumen led him to become an early investor in technology company Qualcomm and eventually chairman of Nazarian En...

    • 1 hr 24 min
    David Barry, Urby

    David Barry, Urby

    New Jersey native David Barry studied law before getting into real estate development alongside his brother, focusing on redeveloping shipyards and truckyards. When the W brand was being developed in Hoboken, New Jersey, Barry entered the hospitality side of the real estate business. Today, he counts Chiltern Firehouse in London, New York's Chelsea Hotel, and Caldera House in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on his client list.Barry has always been a curious person and interested in exploring new fronti...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Mary Celeste Beall, Blackberry Farm

    Mary Celeste Beall, Blackberry Farm

    Located in the Great Smoky Mountains in Walland, Tennessee, the 68-room Blackberry Farm is a verdant escape known for its food, wine, and Southern hospitality. The small inn was originally purchased by Samuel E. Beall III (known as Sandy), founder of the Ruby Tuesday chain, and his wife, Kreis, in 1976. After adding land and more buildings, it blossomed into the exclusive property it is today.In 1998, Sandy's son and Mary Celeste's husband, Sam, took it over, transforming it into a culinary p...

    • 59 min
    Gulla Jónsdóttir, Atelier Gulla Jónsdóttir

    Gulla Jónsdóttir, Atelier Gulla Jónsdóttir

    Known for her sensual, dynamic designs that integrate with their surroundings, the Iceland-born, West Hollywood, California-based Gulla Jónsdóttir creates unique spatial experiences that exist at the intersection of organic beauty and function.Since 2009 when she launched her firm Atelier Gulla Jónsdóttir, she has spearheaded projects including China’s Macau Roosevelt hotel and the renovation of Hollywood’s Chinese Theater. With the Sandbourne Santa Monica in California and 1 Hotel Crete in G...

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Seebefree ,

Informative Engaging Entertaining

I love this podcast so much! Stacy’s insightful interviews allow her guests to share the full spectrum of their professional experience. Which also gives us a glimpse into their passion, vision & character. I eagerly await each episode!

SatoshiMaximalist ,

Kane Sarhan

Stacy,
I truly enjoyed the podcast episode with Kane Sarhan. It is/was very insightful and inspiring to hear Kane share his stories and evolution from small town to big city. It’s very interesting to glean from those that have ‘what it takes’ to comprehend risks and accept the challenges that make others crumble in the wake of achievement.
Your cadence and questions are always spot on. Keep up the great work!

Violet-33 ,

Insightful, but wish more designers were interviewed

Great podcast. Would love if she interviewed more designers, like Liubasha Rose, as opposed to business people. Or it would be cool if there were mini-episodes where she interviewed Lead Designers from some of the best hospitality interior design firms to ask about their process for a project, their inspiration, their approach to materials, etc. (it doesn’t have to be the CEO or president of a design firm, even a Project Lead would be very fascinating.). The interviewer asks insightful questions about people’s design process and lets the guests finish their thoughts, which is so rare in podcasting and excellent.

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